The County Connection
Posted: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 8:01 pm
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Happy New Year to all of you! With the beginning of a new year, we have decided to try something new to help aid you in the understanding of your county’s finances and operations. We would like to say a special thanks to our local papers for joining us in our effort of making our county’s revenue and spending more transparent.
Today, property taxes remain Weakley County’s principal local source of funding. One of the most frequently asked questions is where do my tax dollars go.
With that revenue and other sources of local, state and federal monies, Weakley County operates the school system and provides residents a wide range of traditional services, including police protection, jail, administration of justice, public health, library, construction and maintenance of local roads, drug control, environmental services, senior centers and many other services.
For fiscal year (FY) 10-11, Weakley County’s general fund budget is $8 million, which is part of a total operating budget of $49.95 million. While Weakley County’s responsibilities and subsequently its expenditures increase, no corresponding property tax rate increases have occurred. The tax rate of $2.0616 has remained the same since 2008.
The Weakley County Commission strives to keep Weakley County’s taxes as reasonable as possible and still provides the most efficient services to the citizens.
Each month we will have information about the county’s finances, upcoming projects, and will answer any questions that you submit to us. Please email us with any questions or concerns you have about your county government to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. We hope you will find this new service beneficial and informative. Once again, we hope your New Year is filled with joy.
Editor’s note: Marci Floyd serves as the Weakley County Trustee and Shawn Francisco is the county’s finance director.